Weekly Bulletin 09/02/2017

Year 9 Trip to Imperial War Museum

Year 9 enjoyed a visit to the Imperial War Museum, London, on Monday. The main part of our visit centred on the excellent First World War exhibition created as a response to the centenary commemorations of the 1914-18 conflict. This reflected the research our Yr 9 students have undertaken this year into the First World War while also linking into the 'History of Warfare' and 'Cold War' elements of our GCSE curriculum.

The photos reflect student interests and highlights from the day, namely: an artificial tree used by the British as an observation post in No Mans Land, a height stick confirming one was tall enough to join the Army (5 feet 2 inches in 1916), a nuclear bomb (replica we think!), a Battle of Britain Spitfire and an overview of the gallery including a V2 rocket and the 'Nery Gun', a battle-damaged gun from a battle on 1st September 1914. There were also the (superb) Duke of Kent School lunches, a lifeboat in which the 2 survivors of 7 torpedoed men cut notches on the gunwale (side of the boat) to mark each day adrift, a V1 'doodlebug' flying bomb and a group pic or two.

Student highlights also included the trench system and information about the 'War on Terror'. An accompanying quiz was carried out by groups with the winners being 'Charlie's Cavaliers' made up of Sam G, Jude L, Charlie E and Adam G. 

Mr Lodge

'Art' Theatre Trip

Last Friday a group of Year 9 and 10 students headed up to London to the Theatre to see the Old Vic production of ‘Art’. The play revolves around the friendship of three men, and their rocky relationship when one of them (played by Rufus Sewell) buys a piece of ‘Art’ – a white canvas with white lines! After a bite to eat (and a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for Charlie), the group headed to the Old Vic and watched the play. It was a well-crafted and hilarious production that also had many thought provoking moments. An excellent evening was had by all!

Mr Southee

Year 8 & 9 French Stretch and Challenge Day at The BFI

On Wednesday 8th of February some Senior pupils ventured to the Southbank with Madame Nunn and me to take part in a workshop introducing them to French Cinema. The students created story boards, discussed genres and got to watch a selection of famous French "courts-métrages" (short films).

Cine-Minis is an interactive workshop held at the the British Film Institute, at London’s Southbank.

As described by the BFI:

“Extending the potential of short films from literacy into modern foreign language learning, this new resource is ideal for teaching a range of French language skills such as speaking, listening, vocabulary, reading and writing, and developing children’s intercultural understanding. It consists of 4 short lively films, made by French filmmakers, carefully selected to stimulate children to talk French. It is accompanied by guidelines for using the films to stretch students’ capacity to use the language effectively.”

Madame Lane

Safer Internet Day

The school marked Safer Internet Day with several talks and forums across the school. Year 7-11 had a chat in year groups about how to use social media for good, such as raising awareness of issues and fundraising. They were also given tips on posting images online.

Pre-Prep were read the story of ‘Smartie the Penguin’ and his adventures with his new tablet. They were read the story by Vincent, Jamie C and Alex G, part of the Digital Leaders Team.

Prep school were given a presentation about images online and what is acceptable to post and how to safely choose images to post. Their presentation was given to them by Joe P, Oisin, Matt C and Louis. They then had a question and answer session about online safety by Jamie D and Jackman.

The Digital Leaders Team provided excellent support across the school yesterday and have been commended for their work!

Mr Southee

Year 4 Debates

On Thursday 9th February the Prep School enjoyed listening to a debate by 4L on 'Animals should be kept in zoos.'

There were some very interesting arguments for both sides of the debate, such as the fact that animals have less freedom in zoos and do not learn to hunt for their own food. On the other hand, it was argued that zoos help make sure that animals don't become extinct and they also look after them when they are injured.

The motion was defeated by 40 votes to 36.

Mrs Lock

Just when Christmas is starting to feel like a distant memory …

We would like to congratulate five Duke of Kent School students on their hard work and spirited performances in the local pantomime, Snowden White and the Seven Dwarfs. Erica K, Megan-Rose A, Fraser D-G and Dugald and Hamish P played major roles, in a saga that followed the traditional Brothers’ Grimm tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Except in this version Snowden is a man and all the heroes are women! Snowden, and his best pal, accidentally pass through Amazonia where the vain ruler, Conrad the Terrible, takes exception to a good looking man in the realm and orders the Hunter to take him deep into the forest and murder him. Snowden escapes this fate and finds refuge with seven dwarves.

The unconventional panto, performed by Ockley Dramatic Society, ran for seven nights; 3 in Ockley, 3 in Capel and 1 in Cranleigh.  Well done again to the pupils that took part.

Mr Watson

This Month's Featured Books

For Prep:

The Midnight Fox by Betsy Byars

Tom, a town boy, is horrified when his parents tell him he has to stay on Aunt Millie's farm while they are away. He finds country life every bit as strange and uncomfortable as he feared. But soon, he discovers a rare black fox with green eyes, living with her cubs in the forest. Suddenly, the summer is full of excitement. That is, until Uncle Fred decides to go after the fox - will Tom save her and her family in time?

For Seniors:

The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne

An intriguing mystery story from the father of science fiction.

A group of men escape imprisonment during the American Civil War by stealing a balloon. Blown across the world, they are air-wrecked on a remote desert island. In a manner reminiscent of Robinson Crusoe, the men apply their scientific knowledge and technical skill to exploit the island's bountiful resources, eventually constructing a sophisticated society in miniature. But the island has a secret . . .

Miss Blake

A few match reports from this week's matches

Netball: U11 v. Cottesmore

On the 8th February the U11's played a Netball match against Cottesmore. Duke of Kent School won the match with a score of 8-2.

In the first quarter we scored three goals, one from Kora W and two from Bea H. Cottesmore came back and scored one goal. We had some really good play in that quarter and some good defence from Aoife W, Lucy M and Izzy B.

In the second quarter we lead the way scoring two goals. Again we had some lovely shooting and good attacking in the centre third by Zoe L and Amelie W-B.

In the third quarter we scored a further two goals from Kora W and Bea H. We managed to stop Cottesmore from scoring and making goals which our defenders worked hard to achieve.

In the final quarter Kora W scored one goal and we managed to keep Cottesmore from scoring which meant that the final score was 8-2! I was captain for the match and Izzy B was selected as Girl of the Game. Great effort girls!

Miss Singleton and Amelie W-B

Hockey at a Glance

On Tuesday the U14s and U16s travelled to St Edmund's to play a strong opposition. The U14s played some good flowing hockey resulting in a tight game finishing 3 v 2 to St Edmund's, with goals from Toby H and C Hall.

The U16s came up against very strong and skilful opponents but played some brilliant hockey with the 1st half ending a draw. Duke of Kent School came out strongly in the second half showing good movement off the ball and stick skills with a goal from Bastien H. Unfortunately St Edmund's were too tough and resulted in winning the goal despite brave goalkeeping from Will R-B.

The U15s hosted St Edmund's indoors and played in a high scoring game with goals from both sides. It was a fast paced end to end requiring Fergus W to make some brilliant saves and Jago G to defend tenaciously. Duke of Kent School goals were scored by Adam N, Theo K and Harry H.

On Wednesday the U12/13s played against Box Hill School in a battling game. There were chances at either end but unfortunately Duke of Kent School lost narrowly 1-0. Matthew C demonstrated fantastic skills and Oscar B was fighting tirelessly alongside Harry P in midfield.

The U14/15s travelled to Box Hill School in high spirits. With strong performances from Jago G and Albie S Duke of Kent School retained the majority of the possession but struggled to break down the resolute Box Hill School defence despite Callum H making some excellent runs up front.

Mr Green

Rugby: U11 Triangular v. Belmont and Handcross Park

Over the past two weeks the U11 boys have played in some excellent rugby matches. Last week they played in a triangular with Belmont and Handcross Park. In their first game they outplayed Belmont but struggled to get the ball over the opposition's try line. Finally, Marcus D managed to score for a much deserved win. Against Handcross the boys faced some very quick and strong players. The score was 3-0 to Handcross at half time. After the break, Duke of Kent School improved dramatically showing great determination. The score stayed at 3-0 but the boys finished the game knowing that they had played to the best of their ability.

Rugby: U11 v. Cottesmore

Yesterday the U11 team played at Cottesmore; this was a close game with Cottesmore winning 3-2. There was fine tackling from all and a try each from Marcus D and Freddie B. The boys should be very proud of the progress they are making and the effort that they have shown in each of their matches.

Rugby: U12 v. Cottesmore

The U12 team played in a very closely contested game against Cottesmore yesterday. A try from Harry S was not enough to stop a 3-1 loss however the boys should be extremely proud of the progress they have made. There was excellent rucking and some strong running particularly from Fynn W. Well done to all that played.

Mr Herbert

Senior School Reminder:

Friday 24th February:

Year 7 Parents' Evening 16:40 - 19:00pm

Active Kids Tokens

We are now collecting Active Kids vouchers for Pre-prep so please hand them in either to Pre-prep or in the Front Office.  Many Thanks.

Miss Munro

Prep School Chess Competition

The 2017 Prep School Chess Tournament is well under way at lunchtimes with 31 pupils taking part.

Mrs Wilson

Music Department News

The Music Department has a busy few weeks after half-term, with the House Music finals on 9th March, the GLive concert on Thursday 16th March and the Pre-Prep Spring Concert on Thursday 23rd March. Please email bookings@dokschool.org to book your ticklets for Glive.

Also after half-term is the second in our series of recitals by visiting professionals. On Friday 10th March we are holding an evening of jazz in the PA Hall. Providing the music will be Frank Walden and his quartet. Frank is tenor saxophonist based in London and performs regularly at Ronnie Scott's, the 606 Jazz Club and the Jazz Café. He has also played regularly for Tom Jones, The James Taylor Quartet, Georgie Fame, Van Morrison and the late Amy Winehouse.

Joining Frank will be guest vocalist Sumudu Jayatilaka. Sumudu is wonderful jazz singer and performs all over the world. She has worked with Mica Paris, Curtis Stigers, Ron Sexsmith and is currently part of the Van Morrison band.

The repertoire will be a mix of jazz standards, both vocal and instrumental and promises to be an evening of the highest caliber jazz.

The recital starts at 8pm and will finish at 10pm with tickets priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children aged 16 and under. Please email bookings@dokschool.org to reserve your seats - the cost will be added to your end of term bill with tickets being picked up on the door.

Mr Rye

E-Safety Tips

This week I have a recommended podcast on the effects of violent videogames. The link can be found here:


Mr Southee

Duke of Kent School Readathon

On Monday 6th February, the English Department is launching the Duke of Kent School Readathon for Year 5, Year 6, Year 7 and Year 8.

In this competition, students will compete to read the most books within a certain timeframe. This is an exciting opportunity for our younger students to read for pleasure and the winner of the competition will also receive a prize – a Kindle!!!

Students can read a wide range of material including: books, e-books, comics, poetry – anything goes! They can even listen to an audiobook! Students are expected to keep a record of the books they have read using the Readathon bookmarks they have been issued with.

The winner of the Readathon will be announced at the World Book Day Assembly on Thursday 2nd March.

Miss Anand

PADoK News

The Krypton Factor:

Back by popular demand, Friday 3rd March sees the return of the always exciting PADoK Krypton Factor Evening. Based on the television show from the 1980's and early 90's. The evening will be filled with fun, games, puzzles and challenges.

Tickets are £12 per person (to be added to next term's bill) and the price includes supper. Bring some pennies as we have a licensed bar serving beer, wine and soft drinks.

Teams should to be made up of 6-8 people, all teams will be given a team colour (just like the TV show) - try to embrace your team colour with clothing, face paint or accessories, the possibilities are endless! Points will be awarded for team appearance :-)

Book your tickets from your PADoK rep or email padok@dokschool.org. We look forward to seeing you for an evening of fun & laughter and may the best team win.

Mrs Lodge